Spotless
Spotless
4.0.0

4.8

Spotless free download for Mac

Spotless4.0.0

17 April 2012

Enable/disable Spotlight auto-indexing.

Overview

Spotless is a simple utility designed to disable and enable Spotlight's auto indexing with the click of a button.

The hostconfig file is read during the boot process to determine which services will be running once the computer has finished booting. Spotless changes the SPOTLIGHT entry in the hostconfig file from -YES- to -NO- or from -NO- to -YES-. A restart will be required to apply the change.

Please note that Spotlight searching will not be available until Spotlight indexing is enabled. This includes the "find" functionality of the Finder. The purpose of this tool is to disable Spolight indexing for a limited time while functions that Spotlight interferes with are performed - such as creating bootable backups, or performance issues related to new Mac OS X installations / upgrades.

What's new in Spotless

Version 4.0.0:
  • This version of Spotless has been updated to be fully compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion.

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21 Reviews of Spotless

JasonE
18 January 2008
Version: 2.0

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Too expensive for a unitasker utility. Besides, that, the author has more than doubled the price in less than a year. At this rate, it is going to cost the price of an OS in a couple years. I shy away from authors that do this, as do most companies and corporations. It puts them in a bad spot when it becomes a standard install and the price gets to be more than the value.
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Doug-Engelbart
05 October 2012
Version: 4.0.0
To find files and text contents, I prefer FileBuddy or EasyFind etc. instead of Spotlight. Spotlight always tries to scan volumes which can annoyingly stress these volumes and abrade them. It even slows down volume performances by indexing while you are working on those volumes. In OSX.8 you can exclude volumes from being indexed via Spotlight's prefpane, but what if you have dozens of external drives and USB sticks (like me)? Why not simply deactivate Spotlight completely? Please update Spotless for OSX.8.2! Finally! Urgently! (Hey Apple, thanks for the big OFF button in Time Machine; but where is the OFF button for Spotlight???)
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tvalleau
16 August 2012
Version: 4.0.0
Are these folks still in business? Nothing new on their site for four months; emails go unanswered...
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Lounge-Deluxe
02 April 2012
Version: 3.0
Spotless is still not compatible to Lion and no mentioning on Fixamac's website of a release date for an updated version. Odd.
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ivanzoid
19 January 2012
Version: 3.0
Too much messages that I'm "unregistered". Not even going to see what app offers further, because it's too annoying
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Mextex
23 November 2011
Version: 3.0
Is it possible to enable spotlight indexing a time capsule drive (not just the time machine backupson the time capsule, but the whole time capsule drive)?? Hope this app is Lion-ready soon...
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Janus-Madsen
13 March 2011
Version: 3.0
This app does exactly what it says. allowing you to disable and reset Spotlight indexing when system seems to go crazy and and bring out the beach ball more often then not.
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Dmorgan
31 August 2009
Version: 2.0.5
both attempts to download the 2.05 version have failed. Neither here at MacUpdate or directly from the Spotless site worked. Both disk images were 'damaged' and unopenable. ??? Any help here???
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Ronl
02 March 2009
Version: 2.0.3
Thanks for keeping this app updated! Very useful. Definitely worth the price. I've been using it for around two years now with no problems. For anyone that thinks that OSX's 'Privacy' setting is any ways near comparable... it's not.
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Xenophile
28 April 2008
Version: 2.0
How is this better than simply going to System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Privacy and adding HD's, Volumes, or folders to the Do Not Index list? $20 seems pretty steep for an app that just gives a shortcut to a preexisting System Preferences feature.
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F451
27 January 2008
Version: 2.0
I have many drives, and Spotless is the best means of handling volume indexing that I have come across. Since its beginning I have licensed Spotless, and I find the upgrade fee to be more than fair considering how much use and time you receive from each version of Spotless. The Developer is very receptive. I am anxious for Printer Setup Repair to be released for Leopard; another must-have utility by the same Developer.
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JasonE
18 January 2008
Version: 2.0
Too expensive for a unitasker utility. Besides, that, the author has more than doubled the price in less than a year. At this rate, it is going to cost the price of an OS in a couple years. I shy away from authors that do this, as do most companies and corporations. It puts them in a bad spot when it becomes a standard install and the price gets to be more than the value.
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zxpt
09 September 2007
Version: 1.2.5
Essential utility for any spotlight user. Very elegant design provides detailed control of any attached volume. Over time indexes simply flatten out and become inefficient, Spotless enables me to keep Spotlight at maximum performance and only applicable where needed. I just rebuild my main drive once again and the index directory size shrunk from 275 to 128MB.
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Kalvink
07 June 2007
Version: 1.2.4
This is what I want to use it for: I have a MBP with an external FW800 drive that I prefer to boot off of (read/write speeds are about twice as fast), so I mirror the internal and external drive before shutdown. When I boot off the internal drive, I don't want Spotlight to search the external (since it is a mirror), and when I boot off the external drive, I don't want Spotlight to search the internal. Spotless makes it easier for me to turn on/off Spotlight for each drive, but it would be amazing if I could set it to automatically select which drive to enable Spotlight on, depending on the name of the boot drive. If you know of another way to do this, please let me know.
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Jimw
05 March 2007
Version: 1.2.3
If you want to do this, why not just add to the 'Private' list in Spotlight Preferences each device you do not want to be indexed? I just don't see the real need for a mini-app to accomplish this. To me it just seems to be another $8 spent to add some more overhead that could potentially conflict or interfere with something. It might be conceivable faster and slightly easier to do with this app but in reality, just how often are you going to be changing the settings? If it offers some distinct advantage, go for it, but I just don't see it. I would prefer to just keep it simple and just avail myself of the tools that Apple has already given us to do this.
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Neutralzone
05 March 2007
Version: 1.2.3
Yeah, I disable Spotlight for my backup drives. It's annoying to watch Spotlight try to index an entire backup and slow down the machine when I don't want it to give me results from those drives. I actually use Spotlight to set the default to not index any drives except my boot and archive drives.
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Anonymous
26 October 2005
Version: 1.0.3
The most important part was missing in my previous review down the page: PS: I figured out a solution to turn Spotlight back on (you need to have system administrator's rights to do this): locate "hostconfig" and "hostconfig.spotless.backup"-files (in .private/etc-folder). Copy the latter one e.g. to the desktop and rename it to "hostconfig". Remove the "hostconfig" from it's original location and replace it with the just renamed one from your desktop. Restart and Spotlight will work again!
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Anonymous
20 October 2005
Version: 1.0.3
im still trying to figure out why you would want to disable spotlight indexing...
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Anonymous
19 September 2005
Version: 1.0.2
Why is the Spotlight icon gone when I click it know? There is only an 'x' ??
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Anonymous
16 September 2005
Version: 1.0.2
This Developer makes Printer Setup Repair that has saved me time and money. Spotless is just another example of a utility product that maintains a Mac OS in top-shape. It also allows you to delete Spotlight index on any drive. Very courteous Developer too.
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Anonymous
26 August 2005
Version: 1.0.1
macosxhints will tell you how to do these things for free.
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Anonymous
19 May 2005
Version: 1.0
So there really is no way to disable the useless content indexing while still maintaining other search functions? This is what I feared. So, no Tiger for me. At least these guys make it easy to kill spotlight outright.
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